Highlights of the August 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about women in the judiciary, rainmaking, gender discrimination issues and more.
Look inside this edition and you will discover many reasons to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the law. However, you will also see that we still have mountains to climb.
Consider using this time of summer optimism to extend an olive branch to your adversaries. Respect that they have families to spend time with, just as you do, and their own plans for time off. Extend them common courtesies regarding extensions of time and deposition scheduling. Share stories of great vacations and time away from work. View them as people as well as adversaries.
With the gradual increase of women in law school and women practicing law, more and more women are being appointed or elected to serve as judges. The appointments being made are slowly reflecting our diversity in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation. The mere presence of women judges, no matter their ideology, has had important policy implications.The judicial system has become more representative of the population, and the presence of women in the judiciary has legitimated the participation of women in the legal system, making the system itself more just.
Hindsight and a more thorough knowledge of gender issues in the legal field provided me with the insight that I did not realize how much I didn’t know about gender issues in general. Perhaps I was not as afraid or concerned as I should have been. Success did not happen because of a diligent awareness of biases against women and minorities. It happened in spite of that lack of awareness.
No matter what the attorney’s personal goal, in order for her to secure promotion, power, equity, independence, control, leadership or simply job security, women lawyers must secure their own books of business to have a seat at the table.
California Women Lawyers (CWL) was organized “to advance women in the profession of law; to better the position of women in society; to eliminate all inequity based on sex; and to provide an organization for collective action and expressions germane to the aforesaid purposes.”
The increased presence of women in the workforce continues to disrupt entrenched patriarchal systems and contribute to the development and further refinement of anti-discrimination laws.
What is fascinating about this book is not just what is on the surface—her personal experiences with poverty, race and affirmative action—but also what is implied: The disenfranchisement of the Hispanic race and the historic lack of focus of the civil rights movement on Latino issues.
A rich history of case law elucidates the tension between trendy courtroom couture and traditional norms of attorney attire. The next chapter in the conflict between personal fashion choices and professional decorum has begun.
When it comes to discrimination in the legal field, everyone knows that it’s not right, and everyone also knows that it still happens anyway. What everyone doesn’t understand is why it still happens.
In juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, criminal cases and traffic infractions, the court will provide an interpreter, free of charge, if a person who is charged with a crime has limited English proficiency.
On June 19, 2013, the Women’s Section held a Power Lunch at Tender Greens in Walnut Creek. The Power Lunches are hosted every other month, with the next one scheduled for August 14, 2013.
Please welcome our newest members that have recently joined the CCCBA.
Pros: I can work in my casual clothes, play with the dogs, and take “power” naps. Cons: My home is now associated with work, I only have one screen hooked to my computer, and I have to use my cell phone for business calls which degrades quality.
Please join us at this year’s BAR FUND Gala in Support of Contra Costa Senior Legal Services, taking place on Thursday, September 19th from 6-8 pm at the Lafayette Park Hotel.